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Old 01-13-2015, 02:09 PM   #1
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Awning help

hello. I have a 1998 Carriage Carri-Lite 734RL. It has the original 20' awning and it is in good shape. at our last outing for the year last year we went to pull the awning out and the little catch on the end of the awning that you pull down to unroll the awning was missing. we got it down by using pliers to turn the peg. now that it is parked for the winter we want to get that peice replaced. I went to my local dealer and they had no idea what that peice was called or what it even looked like. they said to get the model number(BN3N4) and come back and they would look up the awning parts list. does anyone know what that peice is called or have the part number for it. it looks like a window crank where you take the awning hook and pull it down to unroll and push it up to roll the awning back up. thanks. for your help

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Not sure what type of awning you have but the rivets will need to be drilled out and re-riveted after repairs.

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Old 01-13-2015, 03:58 PM   #3
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He only needs the lever, not the whole end cap...call Carefree of Colorado or whoever makes your awning and ask for 'parts'. That part number is a Carefree number...here is a link to Carefree

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oh sorry forgot to mention that it is a carefree awning. I've shot them an email and waiting to hear back but thought i'd ask on here first.
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:26 PM   #5
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Most manual awnings are replaced with the roll if the roll has a bend. I got one for nothing for spare parts and gave the roll to friend for a flag poll. In my hometown most RV repair shop has lots old rolls stacked behind. Put a wanted add on craiglist. Might have to get the complete end for that piece.
It might be called the awning lock lever.
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Old 01-14-2015, 06:48 AM   #6
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You may not need to drill anything. The part likely is a press on part

I would see if you can have a old time body man (Someone who has been in the business for oh say 50 years) carve you one out of metal, the original was base metal or pot metal or white metal (All basically the same product) but steel would be nice if carving or brass,

If brass have him undersize the hole a couple mills and making sure you know the position heat the thing with a torch and slip it on, as it cools it will grip,, and I mean GRIP!!!.

If steel use locktite red. and press fit or use a set screw (And Locktite) to hold it.

But you shoudl be able to put on a fabricated replacement without removing anything from the awning, no drilling (on RV) requried, only on the fabricator's drill press.

NOTE: if you have Tri-mark basement locks.. Pull the striker bolt out of one and have him carve you a couple of spares. OUT OF STEEL.
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Old 01-14-2015, 07:15 AM   #7
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ok thanks. I was thinking about making one like you said. it did have a lock screw that held it in place. wonder if one of those metal window cranks would work.
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Old 01-20-2015, 03:20 PM   #8
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ok got the reply back from carefree. that little piece is called a "L Lever". and they said that you can't buy just that one piece. you have to buy the whole end cap. so it looks like I will be trying to make one. wonder if one of those aluminum window cranks would work.
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Can you link a pic to the lever?
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If you could find a small block of aluminum, you could easily make your own lever. Drill a hole that would allow it to fit over the part the other was mounted to. Drill and tap another hole from the side and put a set screw into it. Put it in place, tighten set screw and you are back in business.

Not difficult and you could have a local machine shop do the drilling and tapping for you.. They would probably do it for cheap too...
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I would go to a couple of local RV dealers and ask to check their junk pile for a replaced awning and get the piece. Most dealers will have a dozen old bent and broken awning in the junk. Take an allen wrench.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:19 PM   #12
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ok thanks. I can probably find a piece of aluminum in the garage that would work and make it myself. the set screw would go on the outside end as that was where the original was. there is really only one dealer in my area, Tom Raper. as for a link of the lever the best pic I could find was a end cap from ebay and it is the "L lever" in the pic.

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Check the RV Salvage yard in Missouri. Google to find their name. They have everything and it will be cheap
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Google: awning latches for rv
It should come up with a few choices to check out. Good luck.

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